[maxgallery name=”1-franklin-street-construction”]Everyone remembers 2008, don’t they? Obama became the country’s 44th president, SpaceX earned their space creds with the Falcon 1, and the fighting Philadelphia Phillies beat the Rays in the World Series. It was also the year where plans to redevelop the 1 Franklin Street property were submitted to the San Francisco’s planning department. Waylaid by the city’s byzantine approval process, 2007-09 recession, and property ownership changes, the project finally achieved momentum within the last year and today construction is in full swing.
The site lies a block away from the Market and Van Ness intersection, an area up-zoned under the Market & Octavia Area Plan that pushes building heights to 400 feet on all four corners. The 35 units provided by the nearby 1 Franklin site will add to the thousands of residential units planned for the junction. More homes in the area will equate to more people, higher neighborhood energy, and less deserted sidewalks.